Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 1991.
An exciting minute-by-minute account by a leading Soviet nuclear physicist of the world’s largest nuclear disaster and coverup—Chernobyl, April 26, 1986. Grigori Medvedev was a chief engineer at Chernobyl during the 1970s.
Daniel C. Dennet’s description of this scientist’s travelogue: “How did the mind evolve? It takes a scientist of extraordinary breadth who is also a master storyteller to sketch the boundaries of this mega-narrative, and William Calvin has once again given us a feast of new perspectives, enriching the vision of our future as much as our past.”
In southern California, nearly a half-century ago, a small band of researchers-equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism-embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and stormed nature in search of answers to the deepest questions we know to ask.
With a passion for detail, Robert Kanigel takes us from to the slums of Madras to the courts of Cambridge University where Srinivasa Ramanujan, a young unschooled Indian clerk, tested his brilliant theories alongside G.H. Hardy, the great English mathematician. Ramanujan died at the age of thirty-two, but he left behind a magical and inspired legacy that is still being plumbed for its secrets today.
Here is the story of three gifted women trained by the famed Louis Leakey. This book, “a sensitive and revealing contribution to the legend of a unique sisterhood” (Chicago Tribune), tells of three women who each gave her mature life to the love, study, and defense of another primate species.